Life on Foot @ Design Museum

London’s Design Museum is devoted to celebrating product, industrial, graphic, fashion and architectural design. Its Life on Foot exhibition, “a creative journey into how traditional shoemaking has been shaped by contemporary design and new technologies”, premiered May 13. The exhibit also explores the science and culture of walking as an activity, looking at how life on foot differs in different societies around the world. Wearable devices like UP by Jawbone are transforming the way we track and understand our health as individuals, but also our knowledge of human behavior as a whole. For the exhibit, Jawbone’s passionate data scientists built visuals to share our unique perspective on how we move in our cities and around the world.



Jawbone Launches UP in India

It is a sad, but undeniable fact that India will soon bear the largest burden of lifestyle diseases in the world. Health conditions such as obesity, diabetes, depression, malnutrition, hypertension, among others, are affecting millions of Indian men and women. 1 in 4 Indians are at risk of an early death due to a lifestyle condition, and India’s urban population faces particularly acute problems with 70% at risk of developing heart disease.

Many of these conditions are not viral or genetic, but are caused by unhealthy lifestyles such as poor eating habits, lack of physical activity and increased stress. These conditions not only cause terrible human loss but also come at a significant economic burden. In 2015, India will spend $257 billion to manage these conditions.

We need solutions that go beyond traditional health systems to help tackle and solve these issues. The good news is that ‘lifestyle diseases’ can be tackled, not with expensive treatments or procedures, but by individuals changing their own behaviour. It’s something, that  with the right tools and guidance, we can all do. I believe that new technologies, particularly wearable technology, have a critical role to play in changing unhealthy lifestyles.

As a teenager growing up in India in the late 1960’s, the technology revolution in California and elsewhere felt a million miles away. But reading about innovative companies like Intel and the amazing work they were doing in micro-computing was a wakeup call for me—it showed me the potential of technology to transform our lives and transform our society. Fast forward 50 years, and as an entrepreneur and investor (now based in California), I’m lucky enough to work with companies like Jawbone, a wearable technology company that is helping millions of people around the world live better, healthier lives.

Jawbone is launching their UP range of activity trackers in India this month—and it couldn’t come a moment too soon.

Jawbone builds products that can change people’s lives for the better. Their UP activity trackers allow you to track your movement, sleep and eating habits using sophisticated microtechnology embedded into slim, beautifully designed wristbands. Their powerful, award-winning UP App provides users with real insights and health suggestions, based on their own data.

So what does this mean in practice? UP tells you when you miss your step or sleep goals and makes suggestions on how to improve. Set a bedtime reminder and receive a gentle nudge when it’s time to go to bed, or set the Smart Alarm to wake you up at the most optimal point in your sleep cycle. UP3, Jawbone’s most advanced multi-sensor tracker, tracks your heart rate throughout the day and night and gives you real tips on how to manage and improve your overall heart health. This may be the easiest and most continuous way to track your heart health. It is a powerful system, backed by data science and sophisticated algorithms, that helps millions of people around the world move more, sleep better and live healthier.

Technology is transforming so much of our world, but few technologies today have the same profound impact on the individual’s behaviour as wearable trackers. I’m delighted that Jawbone is bringing their devices to India and I urge anyone interested in their health to try an UP band, start tracking and take positive steps towards getting fit and healthy. Because you never know—it might just save your life.


Crafting Wearability: A Marriage of Beauty and Engineering

At Jawbone, our mission is simple: Beauty + Engineering in service of a Better Life. Jawbone has paved the way for technology that does not look or feel like tech. We believe in our mission of artfully crafted experiences; its written into the very bones of our manifesto and its pillars, which we call the Jawbone 6.


We create experiences

That are seamless, beautiful, magical and delightful.

Everything we do—

from a single human interaction

to a product for millions of customers

—is crafted with pride and attention to detail

This makes our work as covetable as it is essential.



Introducing New Heart Rate And Sleep Features For UP

Today we’re excited to introduce new features to our UP activity trackers which significantly enhance the experience of tracking sleep and activity, and expand insights into your individual heart health.

At Jawbone, our products are update ready. Through over-the-air band updates we can add features that make our products even better over time. We deliver these updates seamlessly to your device, as we have done in the past with previous products.

Today, existing UP2, UP3 and UP4 users will receive the option to opt into a free firmware update via their UP App. This update is available on both iOS and Android versions 4.7 or later, and adds a number of great new features.


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UP Stories: How Jenna Lost Over 100 Pounds at Age 43

“I am 43 years old, and I am living proof that it is never too late to start again and be the person you saw only in your dreams,” says Jenna Leveille, an UP wearer since August 31, 2013. 

For Jenna, her fitness journey started at her workplace. Like most people interested in losing weight, she experimented with a number of crash diets over the years, but it wasn’t until she asked her manager and friend Fred Churbuck at Livingsocial who gave her a lead on a professional trainer, Eric Bach of Bach Performance, that her journey toward long-term weight loss officially began.